Nashville SC used the first of back-to-back third-round picks in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft to bolster its backline. Syracuse centerback Sondre Norheim was the choice for general manager Mike Jacobs.
Norheim, a Norwegian Youth International (last capped at the U-18 level), has been a four-year starter for a Syracuse team that is traditionally solid, but has had a rough four years. The 6-4, 186-pounder scored two goals as a sophomore, and recorded another goal and the first assist of his career during the ACC’s fall season in 2020. He is known primarily for his defensive prowess, naturally, and the Orange have allowed 1.51 goals per game in his career thus far.
It is unknown whether the Norway native – whose time in the United States has exclusively been spent at Syracuse (unlike other foreign-born draftees who largely grew up in the United States and have their American citizenship) – would require an international slot should he ultimately sign with NSC.
Depending on the final positions of other players, Norheim is one of two or three defenders selected by Nashville SC in the draft. Irakoze Donasiyano can play a number of roles, including right back (though he’s primarily a more attack-minded midfielder), while Tom Judge can play left midfield along with defensive positions on the left side of the field. NSC’s other two draftees were Coastal Carolina goalie Tor Saunders and Drake forward Leroy Enzugusi.